"Jam of the Week" is a Facebook group dedicated to sharing personal musical interpretations of jazz songs. The group has over 22,000 members, and highlights a jazz song or set of songs to choose from each week. Jazz standards like "All the Things You Are" or "Cherokee" become the topic of the week, and musicians from any experience level, from beginner to professional, all over the world, can submit a one chorus improvisational solo over the chord changes to the song. Submissions can be A Cappella or accompanied, solo or with a group- everything is up to the individual. People are encouraged to listen to various posts and comment on them; critiques are requested on an individual basis to create a positive, supportive environment.
The group description states: "This Group is not to see who has the greatest chops, who can play the highest, etc. It is a place to have fun, learn some new licks, network with fellow musicians and to promote the simple fact that we are all learning and striving to be better."
To learn more about Jam of the Week, visit the website.
Jam of the week
I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Bryan Murray, a professional musician from the Jam of the Week group, who commonly plays a balto! saxophone. I have listened to his videos on a weekly basis, and they always make me laugh. To learn more about Murray, visit his website.